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Hardwick Park

By gingerdelight    
Hello, and I hope you all had a happy and blessed Easter.

Today Dave and I visited Hardwick Park near Sedgefield, and obviously the camera went too (and so did Louis, our dog!). Here are three views of this beautiful place. Some history:

In the 18th century John Burdon set about transforming the Hardwick Estate into his own pleasure grounds. To help him achieve his vision he employed James Paine, a leading architect of the time. Their aim was to create a garden that, although heavily engineered, was meant to look completely natural. It was a far step from formal gardens of the past. Paine created ornamental buildings, "ruins", lakes and woodland which looked like they had always been part of the landscape. Even the Serpentine was created to look like a river flowing through the Park.

The Park was cleverly designed so that at certain points on the Circuit Walk, visitors were greeted with a fresh and exciting view of the park. You can still take that Circuit Walk today.

The decline of Harwick Part began in the early 1800s and over time the layout vanished in a tangle of undergrowth and many of the buildings turned to ruins. Local residents were concerned that the historical importance of Hardwick Park was being lost and so, in 1999, with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Durham County Council began the Hardwick Park Restoration Project. It has undergone a massive transformation into the wonderful place it is today.

V1: the statue of Neptune in the Serpentine with the Serpentine Bridge in the background.
V2: a wider view taking in Neptune and the Serpentine
V3: the Gothic Ruin beside the Serpentine

Thanks for all your continued support, and I will try to catch up with you all later.


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Daisymaye Plus
14 25 24 Canada
25 Apr 2011 5:07PM
V3 is my favorite in this lovely set. I love all the windy paths, circling around the landscaping. Beautiful detail in this too.............Sandy
woolybill1 Plus
16 39 79 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2011 5:08PM
A good set (and some fabulous information); I find the most interesting composition in V3.
NeilWigan Plus
12 17 16 England
25 Apr 2011 5:29PM
v1 for us ,a good set with lots of info ,thanks.
25 Apr 2011 5:29PM
A super set, love V1 for the tones and close up detail, also a good write up Carol.

EAS 13 1 13 Scotland
25 Apr 2011 5:30PM
So verdant and very lovely. They've done well to restore this beautiful park. A great set with my favourite also being V3.

CarolG 16 199 20 Greece
25 Apr 2011 5:36PM
Wonderful compositions, Carol, I think my favourite has to be V.1, for all those glorious greens. Carol
andylea 14 37 1 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2011 5:47PM
v1 for me today carol cracking detail brilliant colour and tones a real corker nice one Wink
mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.6k 2575 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2011 5:54PM
V1 - Looks like King Neptune has found himself a good fishing pond!
twelvemegs 12 6 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2011 6:20PM
Looks a super place.
V1 is fav. for me.

moiral 12 12 Scotland
25 Apr 2011 7:18PM
3 lovely shots. I like V3 best as I like that gothic building. Moira
Lillian Plus
13 23 17 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2011 9:19PM
Three good shots here Carol but going with V1
pdcche 12 4 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2011 9:30PM
Lovely captures Carol, but i vote for V1.. Peter
Glostopcat 16 255 2 England
25 Apr 2011 9:38PM
Three superb images Carol, v1 is a beautiful and tranquil scene
User_Removed 14 26 2 United States
26 Apr 2011 1:37AM
v1 for me - serene image, great composition. The other two lovely also. Must have been a wonderful experience.
Brilane 16 5 12 Wales
26 Apr 2011 4:02AM
Lovely shots of a beautiful place.
astyag 15 12
26 Apr 2011 6:48AM
With these write ups, who needs to go and visit Wiki or any other general knowledge websites... For someone that has seen the oldest park of 50 year old, I am eagerly looking forward to visit this place one day...
26 Apr 2011 10:10AM
V1 for me too Carol, thanks to you as well for spotting my recent images and your comments. You've probably guessed I have a new camera and am back uploading a few pics. B.
26 Apr 2011 10:24AM
looks like a great place to visit 3 excellent shots V1 stands out for me great composition WinkTongueGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
dmhuynh72 15 47 3 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2011 10:26AM
well composed shot with lovely colors
26 Apr 2011 10:40AM
What a beautiful place Carol - wonderful images captured !

acousticmist 12 10 1 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2011 10:56AM
Three stunning views, looks a lovely place....................Martin
DanielD 12 1 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2011 11:19AM
V1 for me - great composition

EMJAYCEE 13 10 10 England
26 Apr 2011 11:37AM
Love everything about V1 Carol - the shades of green, the reflections and that gorgeous little bridge.
26 Apr 2011 11:43AM
wonderful images and great write up
danbrann 18 640 17
26 Apr 2011 1:04PM
Lovely Carol. A superb place to visit.
TrevBatWCC Plus
14 13 19 England
26 Apr 2011 5:09PM
Looks a super place, Carol Smile Three beautiful captures, and think V1 & V3 have to share as my faves. Love that little castle in V3 Wink
Trev Smile
Brian65 13 2 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2011 7:41PM
Great shots Carol, love V1.
Suehh 16 39 6 England
26 Apr 2011 10:52PM
I like all three Carol but especially V1 - your greens are..well, so green! Gorgeous tones.

27 Apr 2011 12:09AM
Excellent and interesting set of images. Beautifully taken.
photophantom 14 108 3 Philippines
27 Apr 2011 12:29AM
Such grand park and shots Carol
Adderwatcher 13 60 19 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2011 7:27AM
Excellent set of captures Carol! I especially like V1.
Ridgeway 16 222 2 Ireland
28 Apr 2011 6:41AM
Love the sweeping paths in V,3.
Nice setof 3,


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